Wayne Kramer's debut feature, The Cooler, gets a strong DVD release with this disc from Lion's Gate Home Entertainment. The film is presented in a widescreen transfer that preserves the movie's original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Surround. English and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by Kramer, co-writer Frank Hannah, and cinematographer Jim Whitaker. They have an interesting discussion about the difficulties faced by any first-time director. Kramer is adamantly thankful for all of the people who made the film with him. He is full of praise particularly for composer Mark Isham, so much so that there is a second commentary track featuring Kramer and Isham. A featurette that originally appeared on the Sundance Channel and storyboards fill out this solid disc.
Side #1 -- Special Features Anatomy of a Scene Courtesy of Sundance Channel Storyboards The Cooler Scene The Heater Scene Play All Credits Scene Selection Set-Up English 5.1 Surround English Dolby Surround Mark Isham's Original Score in 5.1 Commentary: Co-Writer/Director; Wayne Kramer: Co-Writer; Frank Hannah: Director of Photography; Jim Whitaker Commentary: Co-Writer/Director; Wayne Kramer - Composer: Mark Isham Subtitles English for the Hearing Impaired Spanish None Play Lions Gate Logo
The Cooler 4.3 out of 5based on
More than 1 year ago
Alec Baldwin should have gotten his Oscar for this one. William Macy's performance was one his best as well and he should have gained some attention for his dramatic work in this one! I expect to see more of Maria Bello in the future. She was also great. I hope more people see this one. After all of the hype on some other titles, that 'let me down'. I watched this one back to back twice in one day and will recommend it to everyone I know.